FREDERICK MD – Computer maven and entrepreneur David Burroughs wanted to retire and take life a little easier. Years ago he sold a computer company he founded in the 1970s, Visual One, and intended to spend more time with his favorite hobby, model railroading. He’d created several extensive toy train layouts – he and his three sons all had, in fact – and he considered showing them off to the public on occasion.
Then, he thought, why not show them off all the time? Why not create a model railroad museum, and display some cars there too. And, yes, why not charge an admission fee to others who wanted to similarly enjoy his efforts?
Therein lies the July 2011 birth of the Roads And Rails Museum, found at 200 N. East St., Frederick MD, 37 miles southwest of Gettysburg PA. Burroughs has retired … sort of, the museum’s website explains. Now he, his sons John, Dave and Matt, and other staffers all work (and play) at their family’s newest business, as proof that if you do what you love the money will follow.
The museum claims to offer one of the largest 3-rail “O” scale model railroad layouts in the world – those involve the larger, Lionel-style trains so often depicted as running beneath a Christmas tree – as well as a display of vintage automobiles, and a working miniature roller coaster.
- Watch a video (above) of the train action at the museum, or see it at the YouTube channel of Outtatheway1.